Still ploughing away with thoughts of West Penwith, Gamper is a small bay between Sennen and Lands End where the wreck of the ship RMS Mulheim can be found…there’s some great pictures of it up close (don’t try this yourself unless you are a very able climber and even then I personally would strongly advise against it!) but my impression of it was formed from up on the coastal path…
And the only thing that might slow me down over the next few days is the rather bad cold that I can feel settling on me this very afternoon. So far it is only causing me low level throat discomfort…but if it’s the one my wife has had since Xmas Day then it’s likely to be a stinker!
It’s only a couple weeks ago we were at Waddeston with the Bruce Munro works…best viewed as the night drew in. Today it’s hard work convincing oneself that the days are getting longer and we are racing towards the Spring not least as the weather has closed in and made mid afternoon rather gloomy. And yet there is also something comforting with the darkness and in my case the opportunity to put down brushes for the day – of course you could carry on with artificial light but it isn’t the same somehow. I’m continuing to work on the small hard edge paintings that draw their ideas from the visit to Sennen (that also seems a long time ago although it was only the beginning of this month we returned). Inevitably the further paintings (not the initial ‘Seven for Sennen’) are drawing on a wider palette of colour. For colour is the thing that always comes home with me from Cornwall. I recall some guff on the box once about the science behind the ‘light’ in St. Ives…something to do with a higher proportion of quartz in the sand? Whatever…I certainly always want to use high keyed colour after a sojourn in West Penwith.
How do things happen? I was perfectly fit when I went to bed last Wednesday but when I woke the following morning my ankle was so swollen I could barely walk…six days later and I’m just beginning to get around without too much discomfort! So a period of relative enforced leisure. A good chance to catch up on ongoing projects such as sorting out all my (now) digitised old slides of work. It is encouraging how much can be retrieved with the use of modern technology. This painting for example has been rolled up and stored since 2002, three years after it was made. The slides I have are not of much quality at all but with photoshop it scrubs up quite decently. ‘Porthleven Six’ refers to the six people on a fortnight painting trip to Cornwall and I took with me to work on whilst there six tall canvases. After they were finished I went into Penzance and acquired the timber to make a single picture with dimensions equal to the six individual columns…and this one was the result.